Food Co-op, Sustainable Connections to host "Hootenanny" farm fundraiser

Sustainable Connections and the Community Food Co-op are sponsoring an old-timey event this weekend at Boundary Bay to benefit the co-op’s Farm Fund.

The Co-op Farm Fund Hootenanny starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, and will include such festivities as square dancing, local food and beer. All ages are welcome.

The Whatcom Community Foundation pledged to match every dollar donated to the co-op’s Farm Fund for up to $15,000. The Farm Fund’s mission is to support and establish projects that strengthen the local farming community, according to the co-op’s website.

Past Farm Fund projects include founding a farmer training program called Food To Bank On, supporting Growing Veterans sustainable agriculture program for military veterans and providing grants to individual farms and food access programs.

Donations to the Farm Fund are accepted at the registers at both Community Food Co-op locations, Industrial Credit Union, and online at The Hootenanny is part of Sustainable Connections’ Eat Local Month. 

Here’s an event schedule from the co-op’s press release:

6–9:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day weekend)
$5 to $20 donation at the door. All ages, everyone welcome.
Eat and drink local goods throughout the night (available by purchase)—delicious local Boundary Bay BBQ!

6 p.m.: Doors open
6:30–7:30 p.m.: Square dance with caller John Hatten and “The Great Big Taters,” an ensemble of some of Bellingham’s best old-timey musicians. Join in or enjoy from the sidelines (this was a huge hit the last two years; beginners and all ages welcome).
7:30–8 pm: Farmer recognition and awards.
8–9:30 pm: Dance to The Penny Stinkers!


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